Many people believe that the only way to get an infection is through the use of a dirty needle or piece of body jewelry.  Although your body piercer should always use new, unused and pre-sterilized needles, body jewelry and tools (it is the law), there are still other ways you can get infections.

The easiest way you can contract MRSA is through improper preparation of the skin prior to piercing or tattooing.  It is very important to sanitize the skin before piercing or tattooing because there is bacteria on the surface of our skin that while normally harmless, becomes dangerous to us if pushed under the skin by needles or other objects.  MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphulococcus aureus) is a type of flesh-eating and rapid spreading staph infection that is resistant to most antibiotics (photo) usually caused by improper skin preparation before a body piercing or tattoo.  Part of a body art technicians permit process is mandatory training on proper sterilization procedures to prevent their clients from contracting infections like MRSA.  Before you get your next tattoo or body piercing, make sure your body artist is registered with the Health Department.  If you aren’t sure if they are, ask.  Your life could depend on it.


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